"Being an Association turns our organization into a powerful movement, led by the very people on the front line delivering emergency medical aid to those who need it. It is this structure that makes Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) so responsive to the changing realities of working in the world’s most challenging places, and so open to new ideas and innovations for achieving this mission."

John Lawrence, MDPresident, MSF USA Board of Directors

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a vibrant movement made up of people from all corners of the world who share a common purpose: to save the lives and alleviate the suffering of people in danger by delivering medical care where it is needed most.

Our success over the past 40 years is a testament to these people, who have dedicated their time and expertise to MSF’s work overseas and at home.

To continue this success, our staff—past and present—can shape the movement’s future by becoming a member of an MSF Association.

Each of the 24 MSF offices is an association—an organization owned by members, who not only shape and safeguard the work of their MSF offices but also join together to shape the future of the MSF movement.

How do MSF Associations Work?

The association is the democratic element of MSF. Members of MSF share their opinions and views with the rest of the organization during and after their missions, directly informing and steering MSF’s direction and ensuring that it remains true to its principles and mission. 

Becoming a member of MSF means taking collective responsibility; and because the people making the decisions are current or former field or office staff, the organization remains relevant to the needs seen in the field and remains focused on medical care and our core principles: independence, impartiality, and neutrality.

The MSF-USA Association

In the US, association members elect the US Board of Directors, who govern on their behalf. Members then hold the Board accountable for its actions. Board members elect the Executive Director, take responsibility for the actions of MSF-USA, and work to guarantee that the MSF principles are respected.

The Board sets broad strategic directions and delegates the implementation of strategy to the management team, who run the office day-to-day. Every month the Board meets to ensure that MSF-USA continues to operate well and is achieving its objectives.

The MSF-USA Association is subject to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. The details of our By-Laws describe the internal workings of MSF-USA.

If you work or volunteer for MSF-USA, you can follow operation discussions and debates on The Portal.

Who can Become an Association member?

Any individual who currently is, or who has ever been, employed by or has a significant connection to MSF-USA, either through field assignment or office work (including internships and volunteering, or Advisory Board representation). Their connection to MSF may have been with any section and in any mission. According to International Statutes, an Association member must have six months combined field experience with MSF, or two completed missions, in order to have voting rights.

Board of Directors

Visit the US Board of Directors page to learn more about our current Board.

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